New York Giants: Don’t expect to see fans at MetLife Stadium this season

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants fans react to play against Los Angeles Chargers during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are the one team in the NFC East that doesn’t have fans at their stadium in any capacity, and they might remain that way through the rest of the year. That’s because the Public Health Emergency in the state of New Jersey, where MetLife Stadium is located, has been extended for another 30 days.

That means not to expect more progress soon in opening the state up again, including its sporting venues. While Washington, Dallas, and Philadelphia all have fans in the stands in some capacity, both the Jets and the Giants appear to be stuck in place for now with no home field advantage to speak of.

The expectation before the season, of course, was that the team wouldn’t have fans at the games at all this year. Most likely, if things were going to go against that prediction, this would be around the time that things start to change.

The Giants are set to play two home games during the month of November. For one of them, they’ll take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers – but unlike previous matchups against Brady, Eli Manning won’t be the QB for the Giants. They’re also set to face the Eagles at home in November in a rematch of the game that they blew late the first time around.

Unlike the game in Philadelphia, however, the home team won’t get the benefit of a crowd.

With that being said, there is a silver lining. The stadium closure happened during a season where the Giants are at another great low, rather than one where the team is performing well. Sure, there won’t be anyone in the stands, but even if the stadium was open it’s hard to imagine there would be the same amount of enthusiasm around going.